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Please help me decide where to live (London)

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Anathu Fri 04-Jan-13 20:01:53

I'm quite new in London (and the UK) and I'm looking for some advise on where to live. We have lived in Woolwich (and the UK) for almost a year now and it's time to move in March, since the rental agreement ends then.

We are looking for an area which is "children friendly", safe, not just concrete and with good state primary schools (community ones, without too much religious influence). My kids are 3,5 and 2 years old.

Our budget for the rent is around 1200 a month and we are mainly looking for 2 beds, but we can squeeze in to a big one bedroom as well if the area is just right.

Other criteria:

1. Good health care. Both kids visit the hospital and health centre very frequently and we love the health care here. I don't want to switch to some crappy hospital, where nobody cares. This is the thing that scares me the most with moving somewhere else.

2. Max. 30 mins to Shoreditch, where my husband works. Right now it's just over 1 hour, sometimes even more and this is the main reason for us to move.

3. Since the eldest child is in nursery here in Woolwich and in the middle of learning English, we would like him to continue until he starts reception in September. Good connection to Woolwich is therefor quite important. I don't mind commuting with the kids for a few hours daily for a few months, but it would be easier if the connection clicked.


Right now we are looking at Greenwich, which I like and which feels like the most easy choice since we would probably be able to keep our current hospital. The downside is that the commuting time might be a problem.

We are also looking at places closer to Shoreditch - Bow for example. This honestly scares the crap out of me, since I don't know anything about that area, especially the health care (see what I mean, I'm terrified!)

That's why I'm turning to you, more experienced parents. I don't want to miss out on a good area just because of my own fears and ignorance. Can someone help me?

Angelfootprints Fri 04-Jan-13 22:40:50

Trying re posting this in "property/diy" I think you will find more responses.
Wish I could help but I dont know London well.

chewingguminmyhair Fri 04-Jan-13 22:48:26

You would squeeze five of you into a one bedroom place? [Sad]

If your husband can travel further (an hour or so is not unusual in London) you would have a much better quality of life re your home.

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Fri 04-Jan-13 22:52:03

Have you thought about clapham way? It's not called nappy valley for nothing.

Very good schools but over subscribed, the common for green space and swings. Good healthcare afaik.

New overground links to shoreditch high st in 35 minutes direct.

Trains connect to woolwhich, although it is a bit of a trek.

Or my colleague has kids in hackney and says that schools etc got really good after all the olympic investment.

plantsitter Fri 04-Jan-13 23:00:59

You could get a 2 bed flat in Brockley like this. Overground goes to Shoreditch (half an hour) and you can get the DLR or bus to Woolwich (it takes a while but doable for a few months).

Lots of kids and trees round here.

Anathu Fri 04-Jan-13 23:21:25

Angelfootprints - Thanks! I'll do that smile Wasn't sure if it was ok to do.

chewingguminmyhair - Thanks for the input. There's only 4 of us. We live in a 2 bedroom flat now and the second bedroom is mainly used as storage... I think a one bedroom would be nice if it's big enough and has closets. I know an hour is not unusual, but we feel it's too long. My husband would rather spend that time with the kids than on a sweaty bus or train.

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay - Thanks for the tips! Hackney is really interesting as well! Do you know anything more about the area?

plantsitter - Thanks! We have looked at Brockley as well, but just briefly. Maybe we should take another look!

CelticPromise Sat 05-Jan-13 09:09:45

Brockley/ New Cross is nice, some lovely roads for families and an easy commute. what about further north? you could get more for your money in Walthamstow maybe and your husband could take the fast Victoria line.

BranchingOut Sat 05-Jan-13 18:44:36

Look at places on the London Overground, which connect to Shoreditch High St.

Anathu Sat 05-Jan-13 21:43:21

Thank you smile I'll check all your suggestions!

SimplyRedHead Fri 25-Jan-13 10:51:04

Hither Green, Hither Green, Hither Green!

3 lovely big parks, good schools (outstanding in fact!), lots of Drs, Lewisham hospital walking distance (there is some discussion about closing A&E but not decided yet), lovely nurseries, nice cafes / shops / pubs. 20-25 min drive to Woolwich - longer on the train because it's a very odd route. You could get the bus though.

Trains are excellent because it's where two lines cross - only 11-15 mins to London Bridge. Direct train to New Cross where your husband can change for the east London line. 15-20 min walk to Lewisham for DLR.

Very popular with families and lovely community feeling.

Blackheath and Lee are also good (BH very expensive though).

Good luck!

FairyJen Fri 25-Jan-13 10:54:06

Brockley, forest hill and honor oak park!

Great schools an health centre access. 30min to shoreditch. Great parks and very family friendly/community spirit.

I live round here can you tell? grin

FairyJen Fri 25-Jan-13 10:54:35

Oh an we rent a 3 bed for £1100 PCM so you get more for your money!

SimplyRedHead Mon 28-Jan-13 20:15:50

I went to Brockley for a cup of tea yesterday and it's definitely up and coming - it's improved loads over the years and has some lovely cafes, shops and restaurants now!

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